Pending Dog Bite Case May Affect State Law Regarding Dog Bite Injuries Going Forward.

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When Joshua Eason came home to stay with his parents and brought along his pit bull, there were signs that it was not the safest situation. The dog apparently snapped at members of the Eason family multiple times, and this potential for injury came to a head when neighbor Lori Steagald came over to see the dog and had her hand viciously bitten. Lori reportedly turned to run, but she tripped and the dog bit her calf, causing further injuries.

Under Georgia law, a dog bite-victim can prevail if he or she is able to show that the dog has previously bitten someone, as that would indicate that the owners were negligent in allowing the dog to be in a position to cause further harm. The Supreme Court of Georgia, however, decided that whether or not the owner should have reasonably known that their dog was dangerous should be a question of fact for the jury, even for a first time bite. This sets a precedent in Georgia dog bite cases and may affect the quality and quantity of cases brought in the future. Eason is being represented by Attorney Andrew Gebhardt.

If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a dog bite, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact an expert dog bite attorney here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call our Boston injury attorney professionals today at 617-787-3700 or email us at for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!


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